This volume addresses how black, middle class, second generation Caribbean immigrants are often overlooked in contemporary discussions of race, black economic mobility, and immigrant communities in the US. Based on rich ethnography, Yndia S. Lorick-Wilmot draws attention to this persisting invisibility by exploring this generation's experiences in challenging structures of oppression as adult children of post-1965 Caribbean immigrants and as an important part of the African-American middle class. She recounts compelling stories from participants regarding their identity performances in public and private spaces-including what it means to be "black and making it in America"-as well as the race, gender, and class constraints they face as part of a larger transnational community.
Yndia S. Lorick-Wilmot, PhD is Senior Lecturer of Sociology at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies, USA, and a social research consultant for nonprofits and philanthropies across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Introduction: My Personal and Scholarly Journey1. Un-Othering the Black Experience: Storytelling and Sociology2. What Does Race Have To Do With It?3. Blackness as Experience4. Habitus of Blackness and the Confluence of Middle Class-ness5. From Lessons Learned to Real-life Performances of Cultural Capital and Habitus6. Performing Identity in Public7. Transnational Community Ties, Black Philanthropy, and Triple Identity Consciousness8. We, Too, Sing America: Where do we go from here?